Monday, 23 April 2012

Thinking Hats

You need to use the 'Thinking Hat' concept to evaluate your Quilt Book. Here is a guide to what the hats mean. Some of the questions are about the quilt making process. Some of them need to be adapted or thought about so that you can make them relevant.

De Bono says to think of…
Key Questions
White Hat
·         focuses directly on the available information
·         facts
·         neutral information 
·         NOT argument or making suggestions
Blank paper
Computer printout
1. What information do we have?

2. What information is missing?

3. How do we get the information we need? eg How do we find the area of the material?
Red hat
·         emotions
·         feeling
·         hunches 
·         intuition 
·         likes and dislikes
Fire and warmth
1.  What do you like about the idea?

2.  How do you feel about this?

3.  What don’t you like about this?
Black Hat
·         most used of all the hats 
·         concerned with truth and reality 
·         hat of critical thinking
·         prevents us from making mistakes
Stern judge
1.  Will it work?

2.  Does it fit?

3.  What are the dangers and the problems of sewing and measuring and calculating?
Yellow Hat
·         benefits of an idea
·         yellow hat is full of hope- logical hat so the reason behind the hope must be given
·         seeks to find and show the benefits 
Sunshine and optimism
1.  What are the benefits? ie What do we hope to learn from this?

2.  Why should it work?
Green Hat
·         ‘active’ hat
·         used for creative thinking 
·         concerned with proposals, suggestions, new ideas, new alternatives, new solutions and inventions 
·         emphasis is on ‘newness’
Grass, trees, vegetation and growth
Key questions should focus on:
1.  Exploration of the ideas
2.  Proposals and suggestions
3.  Alternatives
4.  New ideas
5.  Provocations eg What was my design? How did I make it different to other people's ideas?
Blue Hat
·         overview 
·         the process control
·         above the thinking’ looking down on the thinking 
·         thinking about thinking!  
Blue Sky (above everything)
Conductor of an orchestra
What sort of thinking is needed? ie How do we solve our problems?
Where are we now?
What is the next step?
Where have we been?

Monday, 19 March 2012

Science Week

Do you know
What is today
Yes today
Is Science Day
Shout Hooray
All the way
Because today
Is Science Day!

Actually, it's not just Science Day, it's Science Week! 400% better than Science Day (if my maths is correct). We have a lot of activities planned for this week, beginning of course with Empty Parking Lot day. How many people car-pooled or travelled by public transport today? I know I did, if you count coming to school with Mrs Ward and the Junior Wards as car-pooling.

To be honest, I'm not sure that using one of these

is better than coming by car but the idea that we should be more aware of the resources we're using is a good one.

Later in the week we're having Nature's Breeze Day, which I know we're all looking forward to, and My Hump, My Provision when everyone has to bring their own water to school.

Whatever our activity at school, let's remember; we've only got one world, let's look after it!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

A Book Is For Life...

We're thinking a lot about helping other people at the moment. Some of us have become very energised by thoughts of people in trouble around the world and how we need to help them. One difficulty is trying to find a way that we can make a difference when we are far away. Here's an example;

There are many kids around the world who cannot afford the things that we take for granted, like books. We may have many books that we don't even read any more while other kids have never had one of their own. One major publishing company has promised to donate one free book every time someone reads a book on their website. No money, no buying anything, just reading.

So here is something quite easy that we can do to help others. It's a simple action and all we need to do is give a little bit of time. Time is something that we have a lot of but we don't always like to share it with other people. If you click on this link and read a book and enter your email address, five minutes of your time could make a big difference to kids around the world.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Candy & Soda Doesn't Mix!

We're looking at reversible and irreversible changes in Science at the moment. We're trying to find out why some changes are reversible and one of the ideas that we came up with is that they involve chemical changes. Here's a chemical change in action but remember, don't try this at home!

Here is a good, but complicated, explanation of what we have been studying.
If you click here, you will be taken straight to a section explaining how gases dissolve.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Think Before You Leap!

So, did anyone notice anything strange about yesterday?

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Kensuke's Kingdom - Where In The World?

Here's the list of places that the Peggy Sue called at on her journey:

  • Southampton
  • English Channel
  • Bay of Biscay
  • Coruna, Spain
  • Azores
  • Canary Islands
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Recife, Brazil
  • Rio, Brazil
  • St. Helena
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Indian Ocean
  • Perth, Australia
  • Sydney
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Coral Sea
  • Papua New Guinea

Remember, some of them are islands and some are the mainland. Remember what we talked about this morning regarding the distance from shore that the boat would sail.

The green names are the places they went through, the others are places where they stopped.

Michael fell off the boat before they got to their destination so the line should not continue all the way to the end of the journey. Use a dotted line for the journey after Michael fell overboard.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Mental Health Break

Our beautiful world, if we take the time to look around us.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

100 Days of School

We recently celebrated our 100 days of school here at CIS with a day of activities centred around 100. We had lots of different things going on in the different grade teams and in Eagles we spent some of our time on construction. Here you can see some of the groups trying to make a bridge with a span of 100cm.

They were allowed to use 100 straws, 100 lolly sticks, 100cm of tape and 100cm of string. It was a lot harder than it seemed at first.

There were lots of different designs but in the end most groups settled on something similar.

They had to put an increasing amount of weight on the bridge to see how much it could hold.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

And The Winner Is...

Going to be announced tomorrow! The results were very, very close though. I think you might be surprised at who was in the top 3. Remember, the winner will compete with the other class winners to be the best in the Year Group and maybe go on to compete in the UP Assembly on Wednesday!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Poetry Please!

Alrighty then! It's the House Poetry Competition coming soon and here's what you've got to do:

Choose a poem between 12 and 24 lines (longer is ok if you can manage it)
Learn it by heart
Print it or save it and give it to Mr Ward
Recite your poem next week and maybe be the best in the class

Then, once we've chosen the best in the class, we'll choose the best in the Year Group and then we'll hear the best in the school in the UP Assembly on the 29th.

Good luck! Here's a poet that Mrs Ward really likes. I wonder why...

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

One Week Over, Four To Go!

Phew! Wednesday again and another busy week ends in Y5-2. We've been up to our ears in maths tests this week, as well as a little bit of science work, drawing our eyes and all sorts of other things.

It looks like things are going to get a lot busier soon as well so check out the tab at the top of the page to find out about some upcoming events. A couple of things I do want to mention are the House Picnics; the next one is South House on Tuesday, and the House Poetry Competition. I'll tell you more about this on Saturday but you could start thinking about it now.

Here's a little quiz for you; whose eyes are these? Reply to this message to tell me the answers.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Aye, aye!

The pencils have been really smoking today!

We've been busy doing maths tests, which is always fun, and in art we've been sketching the eye. Drawing isn't usually something we find easy, in fact, it's pretty hard for most of us. But it is something that we can get better at if we keep doing our best and practice. So eye was glad to see that our sketches of our eyes got a lot better from the beginning of the lesson to the end. Sometimes it's annoying to have to start again or to make a mistake and 'spoil' a picture but the best things take time to arrive and nothing good ever comes easy so well done to everyone who kept going. After all, Michelangelo took four years to finish his greatest work so two lessons isn't really that bad!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Day 1

Ok, first day at the beach yesterday. Anyone sunburned? No? Just me then. Here's a few pics of our exciting first day:

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sea? Sure!

Don't forget to bring back your permission slip so that you can go to Outdoor Ed next week. The last day to bring it back is Wednesday this week. No slip, no go.

Remember what I said about the beach shoes as well. The best ones to wear are the ones made out of soft rubber, like wetsuit material. Anything made of plastic (like Crocs) will rub your feet and make them very sore.

If you haven't used your mask and snorkel before, try and get a bit of practice in before you go to the beach.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

BSME Training

Ok Guys and Gals, BSME training starts today and I've had a message from Mr McEachen to tell me who is doing it. I think that anyone who wanted to, and who gave in a letter, is on his list. I don't know which days the training is on but you do. Make sure you go or at least make sure you tell the teacher in advance that you're not going. Good luck!


Football 1


Football 2

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Capturing Captions

Ok folks. Welcome back after a long break and a longer pause since my last message. I've finally got the blog working at school again so we'll be having a bumper crop of messages today. I'm starting off with a picture. This is the picture for the Y5 & 6 Caption Competition. Some of you finished it in school, some were going to do it at home. Remember, every entry gains your team 2HousePoints which could make all the difference at the end of the year! Good luck!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Book Week

It's Book Week! Well, it was yesterday as well but the internet wasn't working so I couldn't post a message. Here's a few things to remember:

We're going to the Book Shop tomorrow so bring some money if you want to buy a book. I don't know how much you should bring.

It's 'Give Your Book To The Y1s' tomorrow so make sure your story is completely finished. The only thing you will have time to do tomorrow is print any writing or pictures and stick them in the book.

It's the Book Parade on Wednesday. As you've been told in at least two letters by now, you can come as any mythical creature or mythical person. As a special treat for anyone who is too unimaginative busy to find a costume in those categories, you can come as any animal FROM A BOOK.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Earth Hour

So, are you ready to put the lights out? It's Earth Hour at 8.30 tonight; the hour when people around the world try to turn out their lights as a small gesture towards conserving energy and looking after our planet. We can't make a big difference all by ourselves but we can make a small one and if enough of us do it, we might do enough to make a big one. Here's the video that we watched in class that gives us a short introduction to what is happening.

We were working on rotation of shapes today and some of us managed to get to play a little golf at the same time; maths golf that is. You have to move the ball into the hole in the smallest number of moves by rotating, reflecting or transforming the position. So far, Abdullah is in the lead with 41 points. Can anyone do better? Here's the game if you'd like to have a go.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Downhill All The Way

We were out in the fresh air today, conducting one of the science experiments that is part of our topic 'The Physical World'. We were recording the effect of gravity and slope on the distance a car would roll. Our idea was that the steeper the slope, the further the car would roll. Here's some pictures: